St. Boisterous | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
296
Ratings:
428
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.8%
 
 
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24
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6
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Reviews: 296 | Ratings: 428
Photo of dasenebler
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This helles Bock pours a rich amber with a modest head that dissipates to a thin, whispy ring very quickly. Nose is of fragrant European hops and light breadiness.

Flavor is excellent. This is one hell of a helles. Definitely more bitter and hoppy than most other interpretations of the style, but there's enough sweet, bready malt backbone to create a nicely balanced brew. Lingering flavor is definitely bitter. Medium-bodied and -carbonated feel. The 7.4 percent kick is quite nice too, without being overpowering.

Not much more to say than that. Great beer. Victory scores once again with one of their fantastic German interpretations.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one started off my bock/maibock kick...

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice pale amber color with frothy head that dissipates but clings very well.

Smell is a bit of hops upfront with a malty sweet undertone. As it warms these scents mix well.

Taste is a nice mix of roasted/biscuity malt with mild hops, a feint hint of alochol but not stinging.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with lingering flavors on the top of the tongue, very crisp.

Extremely drinkable, could be drinking this one through summertime.

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Photo of silentjay
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light, clear amber copper with a one-finer head that retains well but leaves only a little lacing.

smells of caramel and some european hops. some lemon, too. reminds me of a maltier noble pilsner.

tastes malty and sweet at first with citrus (lemony, acidic) coming through next, and then some bitter, noble hops on the swalow. sweetness comes back again in the aftertaste, as well as a little alcohol burn in the back of the mouth.

pretty light bodied, though thats to be expected. decent carbonation. drinks ok as well. not a bad spring beer. refreshing, yet kinda tasty. alcohol burn in the aftertaste hurts it here though.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: st. Boisterous is the color of old bourbon, with an off-white head of moderate retention. Lacing is minimal.

S: Caramel and hops combine in this wonderfully presented bouquet.

T: St. Boisterous presents a beautiful dichotomy between malty sweet and hoppy dryness. It is somewhere between a malty bock and a crisp pilsner.

M: delightfully light bodied with just a touch of carbonation.

D: I am really impressed by Victory's endeavors into German styles. I can't believe how delicate this beer is, especially at 7.4 abv. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a hazy gold color. Small head cap and no lacing. Smells like sweet clover honey with a touch of lemon zest. Taste has a lively spice to it, mixed with a rich malty sweetness. Also a little citrus and a bit of grassiness via the german hops. Can detect a bit of the alcohol but it's not overpowering. Bottle says full bodied and that is not false advertising. More creamy and heavy than I was expecting from this golden bock. Carbonation gives a crisp bite which is unexpected with the creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness is balanced out by the big malts. Drinkable for sure, probabaly not one I would session though. I love Victory's lineup, so I'm not sure why I had low expectations for this brew. I can say I was pleasantly suprised to find a flavorful, enjoyable golden bock.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. Smell is of malts and grains. Taste is of malts and grains, well balanced but not a lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent brew.

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Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in DC.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head that settles to a little bit of foam on top.

Aroma is mild with grain, pale malt, and honey.

Flavor is nice and pleasant. Somewhat sweet with pale malt, honey, grain, white pepper, and some mild grassy hops on the finish. Some yeasty notes also that are almost reminiscent of a Belgian pale ale.

Body is medium-light and mouthfeel is crisp with fairly lively carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty high. Overall this is a solid example of the style.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely outstanding. It reminds me of a "double" prima pils, also from Victory. Very creamy and smooth. Nice texture with nice lacing and an apricot scent. Gorgeous, refreshing with a twinge of hoppiness on the backend, finishes fairly dry. Dangerously drinkable and strong. This is a terrific brew and I am glad I have a case of it.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a fresh by date April of 2010. After being poured this brew had very little head and not much carbonation being released. This beer has very little aroma. The taste is a little dry and biscuit like malt flavor. A few sweet fruit tastes, slight white grape. This beer is very smooth drinking and easy to put down a few. The alcohol is moderately noticable and relaxing.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a bright very clear gold that reminds of an american macro. The head is about 2 inches of foamy goodness but is sadly gone in about 1 minute, leaving a a sllight filmy residue. There is no lacing.

The aroma is almost skunky with light skunked hops and little spice.

The taste is very light almost no flavor with a bad skunky after taste.

The mouthfeel is so light, I might as well be water. Despite its lightness not a very drinkable because of the weird aftertaste.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Clear golden body under a pretty big white head. Decent lace and retention.

S: Nice sweet malt, candy like at times, very clean and very balanced with a very nice underlying citrus hop character, even a hint of some sweet bread. Very good, very balanced yet very complex.

T: Nice and clean tasting again. Sweet malt up front with the citrus hops in between before a very mild bitterness and ever so slight hint of alcohol in the finish. Slight warming as well. Maybe a bit vinous.

M/D: Light bodied, a little slick, low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. A very solid beer through and through.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: bright yellow-golden in color, a modest white topping of carbonation soon recedes to a thin ring

s: pale euro lager malts accented with a generous dose of grassy noble hops and aromas of soft pear, white grape, night flowers, and marzipan or almond cookie, delightfully complex lager aroma

m: a medium-full carbonation runs through the light-medium bobied beer, striking good balance in what would otherwise be too full a lager mouthfeel

t: pale lager grain carries complex light fruits - pear, apple, and white grape most prominent with some almond following the swallow, slightly floral in the aftertaste with a hefty serving of sulfurous noble hops,

d: no issues here - quite tasty and easily drinkable

single bottle picked up at Norm's in Vienna, VA

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Photo of yourefragile
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Bright clear gold, mild orange with a foamy off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring with no lacing. Very fresh aroma, straw and grass like, minimal malt and hop, not too complex or exciting. Sharp carbonation with a soft fluffy body. Expecting more of a malt presence from this beer than there is, slightly fruity sweet that is nicely balanced by floral hops in the finish. Not an exceptional mai/heller bock and slightly disappointing based on everything else Victory does but still very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice, light yellow pour with light lacing. Didn't detect a noticeable nose. A light mouthfeel, very summer oriented brew. Thirst quenching, easy to drink. A highly drinkable summer beer, this beer would be my choice for an all summer brew, thanks to the folks at Victory Brewing Co.

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Photo of Risser09
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by april 24, 2010

Appearance: Pours a golden, transparent, urine colored beer with plenty of active carbonation. A 1" soapy, white head builds and shows ample retention, and leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, tart and light. Lemon, funky sourness, light floral hops and a pale malt.

Taste: Light flavor of pale malt, booze, lager yeast, sweet sugar, but not too much more beyond that.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, sweet and quite boozy. Carbonation is foamy and the booze goes down to the stomach.

Dirnkability: A yummy lager that drinks like an ale. I could hardly determine the yeast style. I don't think I would reach for it again.

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Photo of jackorain
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, bright straw color. Stark white head, good retention. and nice lacing. Creamy mouthfeel is very prominent, but carbonation is high and burp inducing. Flavor is appley and sweet. Earthy hops finish. A touch of biscuit malt mixing in as well. The apple lingers for quite a while.

Thanks For Reading

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.31/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap at the source itself in Downightown, PA. On to the beer:

Blonde like a pilsner, toped by a soft white head. It smells like super strong apple juice and apples. And it tastes like super strong apple juice. Major apple flavor all around, with much of the alcohol held at bay, with no other flavors to offer. Bubbly in the mouth, almost like a soda.

Um, no. Boring, too sweet, and too heavy.

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Photo of MeadMardigan
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: amber/gold, semi-clear with small bubbles and very small white head

S: apricot, hint of hops

T: initial honey sweetness gives way to moderate hop bitterness

M: thin carbonation; clinging bitterness

D: needs more carbonation; long hop finish turns sour, discourages second helping

As a Spring offering, seems to slot between a pleasing Winter ale and a crisp Summer ale, so points go to Victory for that, but, not good enough to look forward to over a cold winter. I would feel pretty bleak about the change of season if this was the beer to greet me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as a nice extra recently. I was surprised that I had not had it before. But a nice style for a warm day. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/02/2009

Appearance 3.5 - Poured out a bright golden yellow with a big fizzy head on the top. This soon faded and dropped back into nothing at all. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass though.

Smell 3.5 - Light grains, hints of bready notes and a touch of a flowery type of aroma at first. As it warms though just lots of grains and bready notes all over it.

Taste 4 - Crisp, clean and well defined. Very nice example of the style. It was light and cleans with a light clove like flavor mid palate before a nice dose of grassy and herbal like hops came through at the end offering just enough of a drying notion to leave a nice long bready finish in place.

Feel 4 - Light bodied and smooth and clean it was definitely a class act. Well carbonated and nicely put together, I would have no issue at all with having this one again any day.

Drinkability - 4 easily drinkable. This pretty much sums it up. I was able to put it down quite nicely and without much effort

Overall 3.8 - Very nicely done here. Nothing crazy and outrageous but very nicely done. I would have no issue at all with going forward with this.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fluffy white head that rises to about 3 fingers in depth. Hangs on for a short time then faded away to a thin film of foam. Does leave splotches of lacing all over the inside of the glass. The beer is bright gold, very clear and has no visible carbonation.

Aroma, is of grains, and lots of mineral notes. I'm not sure how to describe it, but it does smell like some of the other Maibocks that I've had. A sweetness to this.

Sweet malt is my first thought. Malt sweetness is also my second thought. Some graininess, then some mineral/metallic flavors. After this there is a burst of hop bitterness that cuts through the sweetness. As the hop notes fade away, the sweetness returns. There is a moment at the end where you get a sense of the alcohol, but this is not overt.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly sticky. Carbonation is very light.

Fairly drinkable, but a touch too sweet. Would not have guessed this was a 7%+ ABV without knowing.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this ontap at Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Dowingtown, Pa. It came in a tumbler glass.
A: The body is a crystal clear golden color. The head is 2 fingers tall, white color, poor retention, tiny sized bubbles and sweet lacing.
S: The aromas are spargy, earthy hops and caramel malt.
T: The flavors are noble hops, metalic and pine.
M: The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.
D: This beer is pretty drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear light golden straw color. Pure white head that fades at a medium pace.

Vaguely sour malt aroma, I don't mean sour sour, but that's what my mind is able to harness this aroma as. Some alcohol warmth mixed with subtle hop aroma. Nothing about this is bad or overpowering.

Malt sweetness comes through is a nice rounded malt character in the taste. Some mildly bitter hops and alcohol join in for the ride briefly until it all finishes rather quickly and cleanly. Nice complexity though.

Big bodied, low carbonation, and a nice big feel. Everything about this beer belies it's appearance, which I suppose is just right on style.

I have not had many Helles Bocks. but I like this beer.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with a small head and light lace.
The aroma of hops,malts and some fruit notes.

The taste starts off sweet with a light hops bite and a solid malt backbone. Fruit notes and a subtle hint of alcohol.

The feel is medium in body,smooth carbonation and only a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish.

Notes: A good beer,but not for the summer. Finish is dry. Overall the beer's ABV can be sensed and it while the balance is good I can not see myself having more than two only because the finish is so dry.

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Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear, well-carbonated, golden yellow. The 2-finger head falls quickly while leaving no lace and just dabs of head..
The smell is, almost it seems, a faint hop at the beginning but is really mostly a grainy, sweet malt aroma.
The taste is soft and fruity at first then a solid hop bitterness ending with malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is slightly medium bodied and tingly from the carbonation.
Pretty good drinkability. There's nothing to detract from it in that regard.

If this is typical of the style then it ranks a ways down the list for me but it seems to fit to style quite well and I certainly don't dislike it.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold, almost amber color and clear. White fizzy head that fades quickly to light lacing. Champaign-like carbonation.

S - Not the most aromatic of beers. Sweet malty smell with a touch of caramel.

T&M - Nice and malty up front with that sweet alcohol coming through. Nice and crisp from teh carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable and tasty. A bit dangerous at 7.4% because this drinks quickly. Would be quite sessionable minus the ABV.

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St. Boisterous from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
86 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.
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